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Former ‘Shoe GM tasked with linking Canyons and PCMR

Bill Rock, who served as Snowshoe’s General Manager from 2005 to 2010, now heads up both The Canyons and Park City Mountain, with an eye toward linking the two Utah resorts by the 2015-16 snowsports season. He gives a lengthy Q&A to the Deseret News with details of the $50 million plan, which include a [...]

Warm rain prediction makes Snowshoe ditch final bonus weekend

Warm rain prediction makes Snowshoe ditch final bonus weekend

What would Snowshoe do? Officials with Snowshoe have decided not to open for the final bonus weekend that had been planned when polar vortexes and hefty snowfalls made skiers and riders pine for an extra chance at making some turns. Mother Nature, however, had some other surprises up her cloudy sleeve, as the National Weather [...]

Canaan Valley follows Snowshoe’s lead with season extension

Fellow West Virginia snowsports resort Canaan Valley will also extend its season to April 6, the AP reports.

Snowshoe extends season to April 6

Snowshoe extends season to April 6

Riding a wave of 29 inches of snow in the past seven days and making the announcement on the day the $199 “Ridiculous Pass” goes on sale, Snowshoe reveals that it will remain open for snowsports until April 6. Prior statements alluded to skiing and snowboarding through March, and the resort website still touts deals [...]

In-bounds avalanche death ruled not Winter Park’s fault

A Colorado court has ruled that the 2012 death of a skier in an in-bounds avalanche at Winter Park resort does not entitle his widow to trump the state’s cap of a resort’s liability. Like Snowshoe, Winter Park is owned by Denver-based Intrawest. The February 13 edition of the Denver Post has the story about [...]

Snowshoe renews America’s sickest snowsports pass deal

Snowshoe renews America’s sickest snowsports pass deal

In what some had worried might have been a one-time deal, Snowshoe has announced that on February 18 it will again sell the “Ridiculous Pass,” a full season pass of skiing and snowboarding for $199 with no restrictions. The pass became a runaway hit last year for offering snowy entertainment throughout the following snowsports season, [...]

Snowshoe curtails hours at Silver Creek

Snowshoe curtails hours at Silver Creek

In a move widely denounced by many snowsports enthusiasts, Snowshoe Resort has trimmed the operating hours at its Silver Creek resort by moving the midweek opening time from 9am to noon. “The most family-friendly spot on the mountain is open the least!!” exclaimed Facebook user Bonnie Cersley Long. “Very disappointed. I hope this decision will be reevaluated.” [...]

Snowshoe rocks the early season

Snowshoe rocks the early season

SNOWSHOE, NOV 24 – The thermometer in our condo says it’s 18.3 degrees Fahrenheit outside on the first Saturday of the ski season. It’s been snowing all day – never heavily but consistently dropping fluffy powder on the slim handful of slopes that Snowshoe was able to muster for the season that many of us thought might have launched [...]

Snowshoe puts up archival pix

Snowshoe puts up archival pix

Snowshoe celebrated its history last Friday by putting up a six-pack of archival photos – a “Friday Flashback“ – on its Facebook page. Seemingly, the most popular picture (based on the initial wave of comments) was this shot of the “Old Man of the Mountain,” the fabulously human-looking chunk of granite that once graced the Ballhooter liftline. Alas, the [...]

On-slopes policing: A hit or miss (literally) affair

On-slopes policing: A hit or miss (literally) affair

I’m fascinated by the topic of on-slopes policing or the lack thereof. Now that I’m a parent with fragile children on the slopes, I find I want more of it at my favorite ski resort. I’ve spent a few chairlift rides asking Snowshoe snow-patrollers how they patrol. One of them says he never revokes tickets because [...]

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